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Ohio’s number of coronavirus cases per capita continues to fall

CENTER OPENS — Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center opened Wednesday as a mass vaccination site expected to provide up to 6,000 vaccinations per day by the end of the week. -- Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The number of coronavirus cases per capita in Ohio continues to fall, although at a pace that could still take weeks to reach the level needed to end health orders in the state, according to state data.

Those orders will be lifted once the state hits the mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, Gov Mike DeWine said March 4. Those orders would include the statewide mask order and limits on attendance at sporting events and indoor entertainment events.

Ohio saw 143.8 cases per 100,000 people as of Thursday, according to newly released state Health Department figures. The number has dropped from 731 cases on Dec. 3 to 445 cases on Feb. 3, and to 155 cases last week.

Nearly 2.5 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Ohio, or about 21 percent of the population, according to the Health Department. More than 1.4 million, or about 12 percent of the population, have completed vaccinations.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio did not increase during the past two weeks, going from 1,801.43 new cases per day on March 2 to 1,456.43 new cases per day on Tuesday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data provided by The COVID Research Project.

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